Chances are you are already a Nero Wolfe fan before you hold this new volume in your hands. We need not repeat to connoisseurs of the civilized - although not unbloody - chronicles of crime that the sedentary orchid-fancier and his leg-man Archie are the veritable Beluga in the field of mayhem and murder stories.
For many years the redoubtable twosome has been involved with dark deeds of many kinds, but in The Final Deduction they for the first time tangle with the deepest-hued of all - kidnapping combined with the murder which so often accompanies it. The problem - and the fee - are worthy of Nero's genius and Archie's footwork. The facts are not concealed, and we invite you to see if you can arrive at "the final deduction" by the time it is revealed on the last pages of this top-drawer exercise in entertainment and detection.
Sneak Preview: An arrest warrant is sworn out against Archie for grand larceny.
"If her property is not returned to her, or if it is damaged beyond repair, I have engaged to devote my time, energy, and talent, for as long as may be required, to ensure just and fitting requital; and she has determined to support me to the full extent of her resources. If you do not know enough of me to be aware of the significance of this engagement to your future, I advise you to inform yourself regarding my competence and my tenacity." (p. 9)